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Document ID (ISN)104629
CIS number 06-173
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) McBride D.I., Firth H.M., Herbison G.P.
Title Noise exposure and hearing loss in agriculture: A survey of farmers and farm workers in the Southland region of New Zealand
Bibliographic information Dec. 2003, Vol.45, No.12, p.1281-1288. Illus. 16 ref.
Internet access 06-0173.pdf [in English]
Abstract This study involved a questionnaire survey and audiometric testing of 586 farmers and farm workers and noise level measurements on 60 farms. Noise levels ranged from 84.8 to 86.8 dB(A) and hearing losses were consistent with this level of exposure. Age, driving tractors without cabs and working with metal were important risk factors. Reported compliance with hearing protection was higher than that actually observed. While the majority of farmers had a moderate risk of hearing loss, a significant minority were at high risk. Elimination and isolation of noise sources are the control methods of choice.
Descriptors (primary) New Zealand; agriculture; hearing loss; noise level
Descriptors (secondary) tractors; exposure evaluation; age-linked differences; risk factors; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNew Zealand
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the ear and hearing damage